Typecast 4

Typecast is a new jailbreak tweak that makes the “now typing” indicator and read receipt indicators associated with message conversations more prominent. Typecast is especially good when juggling multiple conversations at the same time, because it places the now typing indicators right on the conversation inside of the message list view.

If you’ve ever used TypeStatus, a similar tweak from which Typecast draws inspiration from, then you pretty much know what to expect here from a technical standpoint. But it’s the way that Typecast presents itself, and the fact that it works with additional apps, that makes it warrant a look— even if you already use TypeStatus.

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When you install Typecast, you should head over to the stock Settings app and find its preference panel. Inside of the preferences you’ll notice three sections, each corresponding to the three apps that Typecast supports out of the box.

Supported apps include:

  • Messages
  • Kik
  • WhatsApp

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All three panels share identical settings that allow you to enable status indicators in the conversation list, and hide the typing badge, which appears on the app icon badge when someone’s typing. There are also options to change the typing status bar glyph position and the read receipt glyph position.

Typecast 2

In a nutshell, Typecast allows you to have three things related to now typing indicators:

  • Now typing indicators in conversation (list) view
  • Now typing indicators on the corresponding app icon
  • Now typing indicators in the status bar

In addition, you get a read status indicator in the status bar as well.

Typecast read

From my experience, Typecast worked pretty well. I enjoyed the ability to place indicators in the aforementioned three spots, especially inside of the conversation list view. As mentioned, this makes it easier to discern what’s happening during multiple conversation sessions.

If you enjoyed TypeStatus, then you should certainly take a look at Typecast, and if you’ve never tried TypeStatus, you owe it to yourself to try both tweaks on for size.

Typecast can be had on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.49. Let know what you think about it by dropping a line down below in the comments.

  • bln

    Nice tweak. But WhatsApp not working

    • Waldemar Sinicki

      On WhatsApp “typing glyph” not working but “read glyph” working perfectly

  • Blip dude

    Cool, now please add Line Compatibility and I’m all set!!

    • Edwin Martinez Vazquez

      What’s Line

      • Blip dude

        See if iDB approved my link, otherwise just look for it on the App Store.

  • Antoine Vroonen

    I can’t recall the name of the tweak that would delete the first upper letter when you’re holding one (ex: i hold on the “e” case and it pops out the uppercase as “e,é,è,ê…”). The tweak deletes the first uppercase, which is the same as the one you’re holding ! Am i making sense?

    Thank you if anyone know the name, i’ve been searching through for a while now…

    • mahe


      • Antoine Vroonen

        waaaaaw thanks a lot man, it’s been many days since finding out the name of the tweak ! Thank you a lot !

    • Edwin Martinez Vazquez

      Ok I just finished googling it and your description makes no sense… But ok

  • Erik Aukerman

    I hope they add other apps like FB messenger an Viber

  • Nirvana

    FB Messenger support
    . Just hoping….!

  • Luke

    Tested out TypeCast and I enjoy it!
    Doesn’t really have anything to do with the tweak, but I’m traveling in Europe and I noticed that my carrier somehow overlaps the time and I uninstalled all my tweaks, still, nothing worked. I’ve looked everywhere for a solution but I can’t seem to get anywhere. I don’t want to restore because I have lots of good music downloaded, and it’s a huge pain to get it back just for a status bar glitch…

    It’s extremely annoying. Any suggestions?

    • Waldemar Sinicki

      HideMe8 Lite /Configuration/Status Bar/Hide Carrier Text

      • Luke

        The thing is I don’t wanna hide it, I want to fix this problem :/

      • wiety

        the thing is that until you change the carrier for something with a shorter name, you wont be able to fix this issue. Im sure they have also some other carriers in romania 🙂 however, i think protean was able to rearrange the position of the items in status bar and Springtomize 3 is able to change the carrier text in statusbar for anything you want. And you are right, this isnt really a reason to restore a device with JB when the window with signed 8.4 is now closed 🙁

      • Luke

        Yeah I suppose you’re right. Weird though, not sure if this JB related or a stock iOS bug? Won’t matter soon anyway as I’m leaving and I’ll be back on Verizon.

      • Forrest Sims

        there a tweak in Cydia called SameStatus that make the status bar when unlocked look the same as the lockscreen status bar

  • Sahil Bhagra

    Does this tweak work for any messages in the messages app or just iMessages like typestatus?

    • Greg Warren

      Has to be iMessage only. All of the messaging clients listed show you when someone is typing to you. SMS messaging does not offer this functionality, so it could not be included in the tweak.

      • Herby Gomez

        Does this work when the other person has (read ) off?